Rubbish: There are no rubbish facilities on the track. Trampers are reminded there is a pack-in pack-out policy for all rubbish. All rubbish must be removed.
About the Heaphy Track
Pass through diverse landscapes from beautiful beech forest to expansive tussock grasslands, to lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas.
The Heaphy Track is the longest of the 9 Great Walks at 78.4 km. It takes 4 - 6 days to walk. Until the end of a trial period in September 2013 it's also possible to mountain bike the track between 1 May and 30 September. It takes 2 - 3 days to ride.
The track is well formed and well marked, and all rivers and major streams are bridged. It is suitable for trampers of moderate fitness and limited experience.
Located in the Kahurangi National Park at the north-west corner of the South Island, the nearest towns that cater for trampers and mountain bikers are Nelson, Takaka, Westport and Karamea.
View the Heaphy Track brochure (PDF, 3,332K).
View the Kahurangi National Park mountain biking trial 2011-2013 report
Track maintenance and Wave surge warning
Track upgrade: 180,000kg of track gravel is being spread on the track between Saxon and James Mackay huts and James Mackay and Lewis huts. Site open but machinering and helicopter are being used so expect noise while operation underway. Work expected to commence Monday 9 December until Friday 13 December.
Wave Surges: Between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut: Sections of the coastal track may be affected by large wave surges during high tides and rough seas and may cause the track to be temporarily impassable - there is no alternative track available. The sections affected are clearly signposted.
Track users must make their own safety assessment and be prepared to wait for up to 2 hours until the tide retreats. When planning your trip, ensure you check tide charts and allow adequate time in case of delays.